The arrival of fall brings weather perfect for enjoying good books on the porch. And readers who enjoy outdoors topics will have two new options by N.C. authors holding signings over the next few days.
Artist and outdoorsman Bob Timberlake will host the fourth annual Sportsman’s Open House at his gallery in Lexington on Aug. 26, and outdoors TV personality Eva Shockey, who recently moved to Raleigh, will sign her first book at the Cabela’s store in Garner on Aug. 30.
At the Bob Timberlake Gallery and N.C. Wildlife Habitat Foundation Sportsman’s Open House in Lexington, the artist will sign his 10th book, “Letter to Home,” during a free 9 a.m-5 p.m. event with artists, craftsmen and food trucks.
“The book is a culmination and celebration of all that caused me to be whatever it is I turned out to be,” said Timberlake, 80, who wrote the book with outdoors writer T. Edward Nickens, a longtime friend who lives in Raleigh. “… I had a lot of freedom and a lot of exposure to the outdoors that made an impression on me.”
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Timberlake’s fourth Sportsman’s Print, “Six Gobblers,” will be on sale to benefit the foundation, and the 2018 Bob Timberlake Calendar will celebrate Garner artist Duane Raver, who is expected to attend along with the foundation’s Eddie Bridges of Greensboro.
The gallery, at 1714 E. Center St. in Lexington, is just off Interstate 85. Go to www.facebook.com/BobTimberlakeGallery.
Shockey grew up the daughter of outdoors TV personality Jim Shockey and became co-host of the Outdoor Channel’s “Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures.” Now 29 and known for a love of bowhunting, she has written a book, “Taking Aim: Daring to be Different, Happier and Healthier in the Great Outdoors,” that launches Aug. 29.
She will sign books at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at Cabela’s in Garner at 201 Cabela Drive, just off Interstate 40.
“I’m a lot more self confident in knowing that what I am doing is a positive thing and the role I’m playing by using my voice and having a platform to speak out and represent hunters and outdoors lifestyle,” she said.
Raleigh, she said, became home by happenstance. Appearing at a Dixie Deer Classic expo at the State Fairgrounds, she met Tim Brent, a former Carolina Hurricanes hockey player also from Canada. They moved to Raleigh a year ago for his work as a commercial real estate broker. Married two years, they have a 7-month-old daughter, Leni Bow.
Having built a large social media following on Facebook www.facebook.com/evashockeyfanpage and Instagram @EvaShockey, she is enjoying meeting N.C. hunters.
“We just love everyone was so welcoming to us,” she said.
Deer hunting: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. Wildlife Federation will conduct free deer hunting and processing seminars Sept. 5 and 12 in Raleigh and Sept. 7 and 21 in Fayetteville. Go to www.ncwildlife.org.
Archery: The N.C. Handicapped Sportsmen Benefit 3-D Archery Shoot takes place Aug. 27 at Wake County Wildlife Club, 1313 Coley Road, Durham. All shooters start at 10 a.m. Cost is $15. Go to www.facebook.com/NCHandicappedSportsmen.
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